Safari Zone Survival Guide

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As you may be aware, tomorrow is the day when we’ll see the first series of Safari Zone events, taking place in Germany, France and Spain. This guide serves as a quick reference guide for everyone attending, including Trainers who didn’t manage to get a ticket.

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Essential information: what, where and when

The Safari Zone events are taking place at three Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers and starts at 09:00 in the morning:

  • CentrO in Oberhausen (Germany),
  • Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France) and
  • La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain)

Your event experience will start with scanning the ticket QR code if you have one – make sure to show up on time and to have a printed copy of your ticket! Just in case, make sure you have a form of a picture ID with you – it’s never a bad idea.

If you’re going there with kids, make sure to be responsible: carry their tickets, their IDs and any health necessities with you. In order to prevent network issues, there will be no raids at the Safari Zone event venues.

Be prepared: logistics

In order to fully prepare for the event, here’s what we recommend:

  • Power bank – charge it! The event is going to last almost the entire day, you will need enough battery juice. We’re still not sure how good the “lounge area chargers” will be, so make sure to rely on your own.
  • Pokemon storageclear it! You will be catching a lot of Pokemon, make sure you are not wasting time transferring on the event. If you have an excessive amount of Coins, consider buying a Storage upgrade
  • Inventoryclear it! There are NO RAIDS taking place at the event, so you may not need that metric ton of Potions during the day. If you plan to Raid after the event ends, you will have plenty of time to restock. We advise to keep a rather large stash of Poke Balls and Pinap Berries for rare spawns
  • Eggs & Incubatorshatch current eggs! the event features special event specific 2KM Poke eggs, so it’s highly advised to clear your current eggs. In addition, consider buying a bundle of 9 incubators. You want to hatch as many as possible 2KM Event eggs.

Guide for everyone

We know that a lot of you wanted to go, but didn’t manage to get a ticket. Worry not, there’s plenty to be excited about.

Niantic has confirmed that “some of the event Pokemon” will be available throughout the city where the shopping center is located. In other words, you have access to the following:

  • opportunity to catch Kangaskhan in Europe,
  • increased spawn rates of Chansey, Larvitar, Unown and more
  • increased chance to catch a Shiny Pikachu and a Shiny Magikarp

In addition to this, you have the opportunity to raid outside the event venue! There will be quite a lot of Trainers on the streets, but if you’re going alone, we recommend hanging in front of the shopping centers and finding a pickup group – real life PUGs are a thing now.

Guide for ticket holders

If you were lucky enough to snatch a ticket, make sure to get to the event venue on time and prepared. Bring a print version of your QR code and your photo ID with you – don’t leave anything unchecked.

Although there won’t be any raids, you will be able to enjoy in the following activities:

  • an in-game medal,
  • a special 2 KM Egg with exciting rare hatches,
  • all day Lures at event venues,
  • opportunity to catch Kangaskhan in Europe,
  • increased spawn rates of Chansey, Larvitar, Unown,
  • increased chance to catch a Shiny Pikachu and a Shiny Magikarp

We suggest hatching as many 2KM eggs as possible and stocking up on Larvitar like there’s no tomorrow. You should receive the event medal as soon as you check in. If you don’t get it, take screenshots, pictures and open a support ticket immediately.


  • Follow any rules established by the shopping mall – there will be people there shopping, running around and enjoying their weekend. Don’t make the Pokemon GO player base look bad.
  • GO Plus – very useful at these events, don’t forget to bring it, if it’s running low on battery make sure to replace it
  • Meeting other Trainers – be polite and respectful, this is a family friendly game. Take special care of small children at the event – don’t make this an uncomfortable experience for them.
  • Explore the city – this should be common sense, but don’t forget that you’re playing in some of the best tourist destinations in Europe. Don’t waste your time – seize the day!

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